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ApisM
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« on: July 29, 2012, 09:30:02 PM »

Weird.

I started a nuc with a couple of queen cells and they hatched, two weeks ago or more.  Now I have a queen that has been in the hive and just a couple of days ago eggs started appearing.  Now I have larva, none capped and eggs.  The queen was observed today and looked fine.

However the eggs in the cell have two or more eggs (sometimes four).  What is going on??

Do I have a laying worker and Queen co-existing?  What should I do if this is the case?
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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2012, 09:32:50 PM »

Your new queen is practicing....she will perfect it within a week.

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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2012, 09:35:20 PM »

Thanks Scott... I never seen this before.

Also, I've been losing a lot of queens in my nucs?  I think the birds are eating them when they go to mate.  of 4 nucs and observing the queens when they hatched only one exists today....they keep disappearing.  Does this happen to you alot?
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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2012, 09:45:38 PM »

happens to me.  swallows.
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« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2012, 10:04:28 PM »

Happening to us a lot more this season too. Catbirds are in my sights as the problem here.
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« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2012, 10:15:48 PM »

Happens a lot when the hive is disturbed the day she emerges or within a week afterward.
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« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2012, 11:03:25 PM »

Yep, young queen getting the hang of things. I checked location as well, a couple dead center bottom don't worry me as much as a couple on the side two more over there and a few more scattered around. To me multiples all over the place are the tell tale of a laying worker. Neatly placed, even multiples, are the work of a queen.
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